I'm considering a trip to Southeast this spring to target Sooty Grouse. I'm trying to decide on the duration of the trip and if other critters are out by then, may extend my stay. It would be a DIY trip hiking and walking and camping and making friends. If anyone can provide hints on the timing of critters that direction, I'm just looking for general information and will target specific folks as the trip nears for more detailed information. I see the Black Bear general season goes until June 30 but not sure how active they are the first half of May when I would be there for the birds. Also, a registration Brown Bear hunt goes until May 31 so I'm guessing those bears will be awake and on the move. I hope I'm not being too naive but this is an opportunity to see a new landscape and this is my first investigation into what it will take to be safe and enjoy the trip.
Thanks for any assistance/advice you might be willing to provide.